Mexican Slang 101
MEXICAN SLANG 101
The definitive book on Mexican slang: a fun and informative guide to non-dictionary Spanish as spoken in Mexico and Latin America.
PADRE (PAH dray)
This is the closest equivalent to "cool" as in, "He's a really cool singer" (Es cantante muy padre.) Can also be used impersonally, like "Far out!," (ˇAy, que padre! ) The ultimate cool is Padrisimo (Pah DREES ee mo).
MADRE (MAH dray)
This is a very complex word in Mexico and produces a major amount of rich slang. Without getting into the sociology of it; although the concept of Motherhood is held sacred in Mexico, madre means worthless, failed, a mess. Una madre is something unimportant, a put-down; a desmadre is a total snafu. A madrazo is a heavy blow or jolt, a madreador or madrino is a bar bouncer, hit man, or goon. Partir la madre is to smash, destroy, or bust something. Tu madre is the equivalent of "yo mama". (And the instant reply is, la tuya, essentially, "No, YOUR mama.")